Laura Romney, Balanced Body Master Instructor, has been teaching Pilates since 2006. She was born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT, where it was very easy to be active. She started gymnastics at a young age and progressed to competitive softball, and then continued to excel in track and field. Her love of all things physical led to an easy decision to major in Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Utah.
She moved to New Orleans in 2006 and absolutely fell in love with the city. Laura pursued a certification in Pilates through the PhysicalMind Institute and became a Master Instructor through Balanced Body in 2014, after only nine years teaching! She considers it an honor to be included in the Balanced Body family and is continuously inspired and amazed by her peers in the Pilates community. Laura is on a relentless pursuit of new information and looks forward to bringing that to her clients, classes, and workshops every. single. day!
Outside of the studio, you may run into her on one of her daily walks through Audubon Park with her two dogs and pot-bellied pig in tow. You’re equally as likely to run into her in some various stage of costume, reveling in the magic of New Orleans or enjoying the newest restaurant in the neighborhood.
Amanda Fitzgerald’’s love of movement and science has come full circle for her to teach Pilates here at Maple Street Pilates Studio in New Orleans. A native of Louisiana, her career and family have grown with roots in Los Angeles, Chicago and now back home to NOLA. She discovered Pilates while studying as an undergraduate at UL Lafayette, and continued to practice while working in the Los Angeles television production industry after graduation. When starting a family, she pursued certification on the pilates equipment through PhysicalMind Institute and taught at Fitness Formula Clubs, an upscale gym in Chicago’s South Loop for a couple years before completing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Illinois of Chicago. She is currently a practicing Physical Therapist with special interest in abdominal and pelvic health, treating all gender identities for pelvic floor dysfunction at Touro Outpatient Rehabilitation Center. Hobbies and interests include aerial trapeze, Pilates, gardening, cooking, travelling, and spending time with family. Her favorite hashtags are #movementismedicine #movementisart #movementislife, you can follow her on Instagram @physiomanda to share in her motivation and inspiration for movement.
Lilah Matthew is a fully-certified Stott Pilates instructor. She completed most of her training with Bodycenter Studios in Seattle, but also trained with Marshall Ecklund in San Diego and at Stott headquarters in Toronto.
She has studied Pilates since learning about it as a teenage professional-track ballet student. Though Lilah has worked with clients of all types and abilities, many of her clients have been those with back injuries.
Lilah believes Pilates is a practice— evolving, not always perfect, and tailored to the body doing it.